Academic biographyProf. James Kelly lectures on Irish History, focusing on the period between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, on America from the Civil War to the end of the twentieth century, on Irish historiography and on historical methods. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2003, and was a member to the Irish Manuscripts Commission from 1999 to 2020. He has served as editor of the journal, Analecta Hibernica, and joint editor of Studia Hibernica, and Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published extensively on a variety of themes on late-early modern Irish History, with particular reference to the eighteenth century.
Current research interests include sport in late early modern Ireland, medicine in the eighteenth century, the 'crowd' in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Ireland, gender relations in early modern Ireland and the Irish Caricature tradition 1750-1850.. His book History of Sport in Ireland 1600-1840 won the NUI Special Commendation Prize 2015. He was editor of volume 4 of the Cambridge History of Ireland (2018) and (with Tomás Ó Carragáin) of Climate and Society in Ireland (2021). He welcomes inquiries from graduate students interested in these and other areas.